SATELLITE SELF TEST & BEACON MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW
About Beacon Testing
ACR Cobham’s new 406Test.com allows 406 MHz ELTs to now be tested through-the-satellite
during annual inspections and initial installations. With the advent of 406 MHz
ELTs, you can no longer legally test them at the top of the hour as you did with
121.5 MHz beacons because this action activates the SAR network.
With 406Test, you can test the beacon anytime to ensure it is installed
and working properly. With our patent pending system, you can test the beacon in
accordance with 41 CFR Part 91.207 to check for proper installation, operation of
the controls, and the presence of a sufficient signal radiated from its antenna.
The major benefit of this type of testing is that you are checking the integrity
of the entire system, including all connections, from the cockpit switch, to the
beacon, to the antenna, through-the-satellite, and back to your computer. No need
to worry about purchasing an expensive beacon or antenna tester; you have everything
you need to test your beacons right at your fingertips.
In addition, our software helps you to track your aircraft’s annual inspections
as well as the ELT inspection date. For only $60 for the first beacon and $30 for
each additional one, you test your beacon as many time as needed for a six-month
How does it work? The ELT test signal uses the same system that is used in an emergency
activation. The test burst is transmitted from the aircraft’s ELT antenna, to the
satellite, down to 406Test’s downlink station, and to you computer.
In addition, the system lets you manage your aircraft’s annual inspection by notifying
you when it is due.